Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston

     In the spring of 1628, the witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree, she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate: the warlock Gideon Masters. Secluded at his cottage, Gideon instructs Bess, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.
     In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life. She has spent the centuries in solitude, surviving plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgement, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan. But will she be able to stand against Gideon - who will stop at nothing to reclaim her soul - in order to protect the girl who has become the daughter she never had?

My Review: 4 Stars
     Paula Brackston has spun a memorable tale of loss and perseverance. You actually get a treat with The Witch's Daughter in that it is written in the present with flashbacks that are mini stories throughout Bess's life. You first meet Elizabeth, a modern witch, in present day England. She's been living a long life while having to constantly run away from the warlock that created her, Gideon, who has been pursuing her since her change. She is he's and he'll stop at nothing to have her, and unfortunately for her they have forever to play this game of cat and mouse. We get to join Tegan, an inquisitive teenage neighbor, as Elizabeth tells the story of her beginning through flashbacks recounting moments in her long life from adolescents, to learning and practicing medicine, then a war and back to the present. My favorite flashback was Eliza's time in London, as I'm a huge fan of the mystery that surrounds the era she was living in. This had kind of a slow start for me but I'm glad I continued reading. Brackston has a very descriptive writing style that really takes you into the moment. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes historical fiction/witches/english settings.

     I'm adding a link to Greensleeves, once you've read the book you'll know the reason :) Enjoy...

Photo from Avostal Greensleeves youtube video

Here's the link to a version of Greensleeves by Avostal 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fabulous Friday Finds 5.15.15

Secondhand books hold a very special place in my heart and wallet. We have a couple of great used bookstores around my area and recently I spent the day dragging my Husband around to a few of them. He was so excited, I had to basically wake him up as he sat in a chair waiting for me to make my picks. I'm pretty sure said chair was put there for those occasions when a slightly unwilling participant is pulled over their threshold kicking and screaming. 
This particular bookstore sells new and used, new at 20% and used 50% or otherwise marked. You can also bring in up to 10 books per visit to either get money back or credit towards future purchases. In addition you get a $1 off your next purchase over $5 coupon every time and after spending $100, so keep those receipts, you get a $5 credit towards your next purchase.
So I brought in 10 books for a $4 credit and bought these two books for $4.49, before credit, so I ended up spending .49 cents :) That's right, and I'm a couple of dollars away from the $100 for my $5 credit.
So, if you haven't already, go and check out your local secondhand store.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H G Wells

     An Enormously inventive tale about a mad surgeon turned vivisectionist on a remote island who preforms ghoulish experiments that transform animals into men. It is one of Well's earliest and most sinister personifications of the scientific quest to control and manipulate the natural world, and ultimately human nature.

My Review: 3.5 Stars
     I've been wanting to read this book for a while but with the publication of The Madman's Daughter trilogy and a novel by Guy Adams I came across called Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr. Moreau I knew I needed to get started. When a book comes out that makes reference to another book, I try to read the first so I feel I have a full picture of where the author is going.
     This is my first Well's novel and I enjoyed it. The story is told from the point of view of Edward Prendick, an unexpected visitor to the island who was found at sea, after the boat he was on sunk, by Dr. Montgomery(Moreau's assistant) on his return trip with his cargo of animals. Prendick can't help feeling something is off and vaguely remembers the name Moreau. When he runs into some of the islands other inhabitants he starts putting two and two together and fears for his safety. Oh, by the way, he finally remembers where and under what circumstances he had heard of the name Moreau, not to his relief of course. Moreau was a scientist who was shunned and run of after his experimentation on animals was discovered. So that makes 3 Humans and more than a couple dozen Creatures, what are the odds something could go wrong?
     It took me a little getting use to the writing style and I have to admit to googling a few words. Like Vivisection, which is The cutting of or operation on a living animal usually for physiological or pathological investigation. If that definition makes you queasy you may not want to read this book. There are some gross parts but the vivisection is not written in detail, thankfully.
     It's a short book and if you want to get a taste of 1896 Horror or H G Well's stories I definitely encourage you to pick it up.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Early Mother's Day!

I wanted to share some flowers with you in anticipation of Mother's Day @}-

I'll Love you FOREVER,
I'll Like you for ALWAYS,
As long as I'm living My BABY you'll be...
                                    ~Love you Forever By Robert Munsch

As you can see I Love playing around with filters :)
 Hope your Mother's Day is Special!!